By Diana Chandler, Baptist Press|
November 7, 2017
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (BP) -- Sermons from Billy Graham's prolific international ministry will be broadcast on an ad hoc radio station 12 days surrounding the evangelist's 99th birthday (Nov. 7), the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has announced.
SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (AP) — A man dressed in black tactical-style gear and armed with an assault rifle opened fire inside a church in a small South Texas community on Sunday, killing 26 people and wounding about 20 in what the governor called the deadliest mass shooting in the state’s history. The dead ranged in age from 5 to 72 years old.
By Jacob Wirtschafter and Gilgamesh Nabeel|
November 4, 2017
(RNS) — Three years ago the so-called Islamic State destroyed the mosque at the site of what many Muslims believe to be the tomb of Jonah, which for centuries drew Muslim and Christian pilgrims to Iraq's second-largest city.
Now that ISIS has been driven from Mosul, Muslim traditionalists say it is imperative to start reconstructing the Mosque of the Prophet Jonah, which had marked the site since the 12th century, along with the ruins of a seventh-century Christian church.
By Yonat Shimron, Religion News Service|
November 1, 2017
DURHAM, N.C. (RNS) — Five hundred years ago this week, Martin Luther is said to have nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg, Germany’s Castle Church, ushering in a revolt against the Roman Catholic Church.
The ensuing theological demolition also involved its artwork, much of which was defaced or burned in now-Protestant areas of Europe.
By Brian Kaylor, Word&Way Editor|
October 31, 2017
The name of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. — much like the name of German monk Martin Luther — remains quickly recognizable. However, King’s birth name — Michael King — does not bring the same level of familiarity. How did Michael King Jr. become Martin Luther King Jr.? That answer involves a meeting of the Baptist World Alliance just as Adolf Hitler took control of the land of Protestant reformer Martin Luther.
The Baptist Center for Ethics' board of directors unanimously approved R. Mitch Randall as BCE's new executive director.
Randall will begin his tenure Jan. 1, 2018, becoming only the second executive director in the organization's 26-year history. He follows the tenure of BCE's founder, Robert Parham, who died in March 2017.
By Tim Ellsworth, Union University|
October 30, 2017
LOS ANGELES (BP) -- Turner Ward was signing autographs in the players' parking lot after a game in Pittsburgh several years ago when a boy approached him with a stack of baseball cards. After signing some of the cards, Ward came across one he had never seen before with a picture of him and his son Tucker.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (USA Today Network) — Religious leaders across Tennessee denounced white supremacy ahead of White Lives Matter protests in Murfreesboro and Shelbyville.
Scores of clergy have signed their names to statements opposing the white nationalist groups’ values. Planning community prayer vigils celebrating diversity and advocating for unity ahead of Saturday’s (Oct. 28) protest, they have sent a strong message that hate is not a religious value.